The Irish Times is a large pub with stripped brick walls, tons of Gaelic paraphernalia (road signs, tobacco cupboards, tin beer slogans, period photos, a collection of hammers and probably a mounted Irish prime minister’s head or two if you look hard enough) with seating both inside and outside for roughly 140 people. Along the window side of the pub there’s cosy compartment seating while punters sit at tables and on plush Regency sofas further inside. There are even several bar stools if you fancy doing a barfly impersonation. The place is air conditioned but also has large ornamental ceiling fans for when things get sweltering. The outside seating is fan cooled and a lot less atmospheric but then again what do you expect from a shopping mall?
Predictably, the pub’s background music is predominantly fiddles scraping and banjoes twanging away accompanied by a deep Irish brogue singing of shipwrecks and pretty colleens but it’s not too overbearing and ‘better’ as the Irish say, ‘than a kick in the head’. Sports events are covered by several wall-mounted flat-screen TVs but again they don’t overbear in any sense.
With a full menu that pretty much covers the pub-grub basics along with a Thai section, the Irish Times is as much a food destination as it is a pub and we accordingly order cordon bleu chicken (325 baht), cottage pie (270 baht), sirloin steak (450 baht), and chicken strips with fries from the kids’ menu (295 baht) – accompanied by a pint or two of Old Speckled Hen (240 baht).
As to be expected, the drinks section is rich and rewarding if you’re into whiskeys and whiskies but it also has a few good wine choices at reasonable prices along with local beer (Chang 140 baht). As anyone who has tried British pub grub will tell you, it’s extremely filling and after half an hour of pecking away we’re totally and absolutely sated with stomachs tighter than a snare drum – and that’s just from one dish each. Of course, if you’ve got any more room left you can always finish it all off with an Irish coffee (190 baht) or even a brandy coffee (200 baht) but then you’d be so full you’d maybe have to sleep in the pub…
It’s not cheap to eat out here (and there’s an extra 7% slapped on top of the bill) but the service is good (and pretty), the atmosphere carefree, the ale tasty and the décor more than agreeable. Having said that, you can get a pint for 99 baht on Wednesday pub quiz nights and you’ll stand a chance to win a tidy amount if you get your answers right and if you have the luck of the Irish…
The Irish Times Pub
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 24:00
- Location: Jungceylon in Patong